7 Jul 2012

Mummy Matters

Mums telling it how it is...
Bubba name: Ben
How old is your little one?

Just turned 1

How has motherhood changed you? 

Life couldn’t be more different now, but in a good way. Things are less hectic and slower paced to cater for Ben’s needs, plus most evenings would either be spent in the gym or out and about meeting friends previously, whereas now we’re in most evenings. Weekends are the most different though, Ben and spending time together as a family have definitely become top priority for us. 

What items are in your handbag (baby related)? 

I always seem to have a have a spare bib in my handbag, quite often spare dummies and more often than not an odd sock of Ben’s as they don’t stay on long!
What things could you not live without?
Our baby monitor plays music for half an hour for when we put Ben to bed and that has become invaluable. On the odd occasion that he has got himself uptight before a nap, he thoroughly chills out once the music is on. It is particularly useful if he wakes in the middle of the night! As for groups,  Ben and I have a good support network of friends both new and old and antenatal friends that we meet up with regularly and they’ve been a god send too. 

Any good advice you received (or could give)? 

I’ve had fantastic help and advice from both of our families but especially my sister and brother in law who have recently had two boys. One that sticks in my mind from my brother in law is that your baby is unsettled / upset or  playing up for a reason, not to annoy you, so there’s no point in getting uptight or angry yourself, it is your job to work out what they need or what the issue might be and to help them through it. To me this is the key to approaching all of the challenges that arise with parenthood. 

Do you use any good books or websites that you’d like to share to help you?  

I use a selection of books, Gina Ford’s books, Tracey Hogg’s (baby whisperer) and also the ‘what to expect’ series. I also quite often do random online searches for answers to issues. I find that one book or website may be helpful for one issue and that another is good for another issue.

Describe your life now in one word: 

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